Category Archives: Aviation Security

Classification Fever

The passengers on United Flight 93 knew the real intent of the hijackers on their flight. With that information, they were able to take action and in all likelihood, prevented the destruction of the White House or the U.S. Capitol. Unfortunately, the Department of Homeland Security seems to be wrapped up in the over-classification of… Continue Reading

Security Theater? To be or not to be?

I’ve heard the term “security theater” used several times to describe the aviation security system. I’m not completely sure where or who started the term, but it’s worthy of addressing because it seems to get used by various experts and non-experts whenever the media needs a quick sound bite. But, let’s take a hard look… Continue Reading

Obama Adminstration looks at TSA

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal (Feb 17, 2009) pointed out that the Obama Administration is considering changes to airport security procedures. The usual suspects weighed in with their opinions and I’m sure there is no lack of opinions amongst the general public about what should and should not be done with aviation… Continue Reading

Is there a mathematical approach to profiling

A recent article in the New York Times discussed the issue of profiling. Click here for the article. Essentially, the article concluded that strong profiling is not effective at detecting malfeasors (people who want to do bad things). Therefore, why profile at all? The article also suggested an alternative mathematical method that may have more… Continue Reading

What are the real problems with regulating private aircraft?

With the mantra, “in the name of homeland security,” still frequently being hauled out to justify both good and bad ideas, let’s look at the latest measures proposed by the TSA – the Large Aircraft Security Program.  Many who do not own private aircraft have no problem at all with the government restricting their use. However, let’s… Continue Reading

Obama puts the brakes on LASP NPRM…for now

With a memorandum issued this morning, President Barack Obama has put the brakes on all regulations and rulemaking that is in progress, until an Obama appointee or designee reviews and approves any new or pending regulations. The White House memo did not specifically call out the GA LASP but it looks like this will at… Continue Reading

Large Aircraft Security Program

Okay let’s get this thing kicked off.  The big industry buzz lately is the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that the TSA has put forth on private airplanes – the Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP).  The proposal has been very controversial.  It first came out as a daunting 240+ page document  that will affect general aviation… Continue Reading